Andrew Bird is not a man known for simplicity. Pushing the boundaries of songwriting and production seems to be his normal operating mode, with choices like recording an album standing in a river and writing and recording an entire film score all by himself. Amongst all that complexity, his recent cover of Neil Young’s iconic Harvest Moon is surprisingly simple.
With just two instruments, the song gently lulls along in a hypnotic trance. Bird plucks and solos in all the right places on his violin while Madison Cunningham adds gentle guitar strums and wistful harmonies. The cover is similar to the original, with just enough of Bird’s flair to make it his own. It was recorded live in studio as part of the Grammys Reimagined series on YouTube.